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Albertans recognize Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, October 18-24

18 October 2010

EDMONTON, Alberta -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Responsible Gambling Awareness Week focuses on educating Albertans on how to be responsible gamblers and how to access problem gambling prevention and treatment programs.

"This government is committed to providing Albertans with information about responsible gambling," said Frank Oberle, Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security, responsible for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC). "The goal of the week is to create awareness for the many responsible gambling programs available across the province, as well as to let gamblers know where they can find help if they need it."

The week focuses on educating gambling patrons in the province's casinos, racing entertainment centres, VLT retail outlets and bingo halls. Gambling patrons are invited to drop into open houses hosted throughout the week by AGLC representatives in participating Responsible Gambling Information Centres (RGICs) located in casinos and the Northlands Racing Entertainment Centre.

The kick-off open houses are on October 19, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. RGIC representatives will showcase several responsible gambling resources to show players more about the odds of gambling and how slot machines work.
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week supports on-going public education and industry training programs offered by the AGLC, including Deal Us In, Reel Facts and A Good Call.

Partners in Responsible Gambling Awareness Week include Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Charitable Casino Operators, the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association, the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association and Bingo Alberta.

For more information on Responsible Gambling Awareness Week and the RGIC open houses, visit
setalimitalberta.ca.

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